Doesn’t it seem like no matter when you turn on the television, the majority of what’s on is reality based? As a society is that all we want to see anymore? I don’t consider shows like Survivor, The Amazing Race, or any other contest type show to be reality. I’m talking more about the shows about the housewives of wherever, The Real World on MTV, The Kardashians, etc. The shows that peer into the lives of people … but yet we must not be able to get enough because these types of shows seem to be more and more popular.

What if you had the opportunity to bring back your favorite sitcom? What show would you pick? If I had that chance, without hesitation, I’d beg to have The King of Queens back. It was on for 9 seasons, so it did run its course. And I have to admit, season 9 wasn’t all that great. I remember reading somewhere that the average “life” of a sitcom was somewhere around 6 or 7 years. After that, they typically begin to lose viewers.

The King of Queens is my all-time favorite sitcom. I laughed just about non-stop through every episode. The show was based out of Queens (duh!) and followed the lives of the Heffernan’s, Doug (IPS delivery driver) and Carrie (secretary at a law firm). And we can’t forget, Carrie’s dad Arthur Spooner who lived in the basement. I think I liked the show so much because it seemed like no matter what the episode was about, anybody could relate to the situation. And the show wouldn’t be nearly as funny if it weren’t for Arthur’s bizarre character, and his daily rants/feuds with Doug. If I could have the show back from when it was in its prime, I’d take it without thinking!

My favorite sitcom that is currently on is The Big Bang Theory. It’s definitely a quirky show that follows the lives of physicists/scientists and their unique social differences and how they try to overcome their differences. You can read my original review of the show. It took me awhile to get used to the “geekiness” of the show, but it’s definitely worked its way to a can’t miss for me.

Another current can’t miss is Mike and Molly, which just finished its first season. Mike (a Chicago cop) and Molly (a teacher) met through their overeaters anonymous group, went out on a date, and have been together ever since. The couple each has their own challenges … Molly dealing with her sister and mother who are both skinny and aren’t afraid to flaunt it in front of her, and Mike, who struggles to lose weight but is encouraged by his cop partner and best friend Carl. Definitely a comedy, and keeps you laughing.

If I had to pick a reality type show as a favorite, I think I’d pick Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives … yet I’m not even sure that could be considered a reality show. I love to cook, so I enjoy watching Guy Fieri travel the country and tasting all the great food at the local hotspots. I’ve been to a couple of places that have been on the show, and I have to say it’s pretty cool. I also like watching the show to see what unique foods all the different places are cooking to get ideas for my own creativeness.

What do you guys think? Which of your favorite shows would you like to have back … or are you stuck on reality TV and wouldn’t change a thing?


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